A group under the umbrella of the Anambra Elite Trader’s Forum has alleged that the state commissioner for commerce and industry, Dr. Obinna Ngonadi has been selling market-leadership offices.
The group issued a petition to the state Governor, Chukwuma Soludo, the group accusing Ngonadi of selling leadership spaces of markets in the state to the highest bidders.
They noted the dangers of such acts and deemed it necessary to notify the governor of the commissioner’s actions and the dangers it presages to society.
The petition was signed by Chikeluba Odicha the executive member of the group and Micheal Nwangwu then was copied to newsmen in Onitsha on Tuesday.
The group also added that the commissioner disobeyed the court process at the New Auto Spare Parts market where he approved the construction of new shops on top of the existing ones owned by members of the association without their consent.
“We wish to intimate your Excellency that the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Dr Obinna Ngonadi is presently selling the leadership offices in the different markets in Anambra State to the highest bidders.
“The sale bazaar has passed through many markets which include Bridge-Head Market, Nkpor Main Market, Electronics Market Ogbaru, Ose okwuodu Market, Ogbaru Main Market, NASPA Nnewi Market and several other Markets.
“In each of these markets, the commissioner auctioned the different executive officers and positions existing in the markets, wherein traders paid varying sums of money for these positions.
“The commissioner ignore in a brazen manner, different court cases pending in respect of his unlawful removal of market leaders.
“The action of this commissioner has caused many traders in the market to institute different court cases in different law courts in the state. It might interest your excellency to note that some of these cases involve not just the ministry and Dr. Ngonadi as parties, but also the Anambra State Government.” The petition read.
At present, the group claimed that there are over 40 court cases pending in different courts against the state ministry of commerce and industry and the Anambra state government.